and Eventide Progress Day! So for the next 7 weeks, Tuesday on my blog will be all about the Eventide Sew Along.
Welcome quilters who are participating in the sew along, and welcome folks who are going to be cheering the participants on from the sidelines. I hope it makes for fun and interesting blogging for all of us.
First - The Fat Quarter Shop has a new shipment of Eventide patterns, if you've been searching for a pattern, your search is over! The pattern is online and available. Thanks Kimberly!
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I've gotten a few notes that some folks are a little intimidated by this pattern and not sure how to start. I've had my issues with some patterns, patterns that are poorly written or just plain wrong, those are patterns that should scare you. In its simplest form, Eventide is just a nice size quilt comprised of 72 nine inch finished blocks, an inner border of quarter square triangles, and an outer border of scrappy strips. A very basic pattern. It's the fabric that does all the work, well and Carrie did a little work, coming up with the clever idea of how to place that fabric.
If you're still overwhelmed, it gets even simpler, of the main 9 inch blocks, 42 are Ohio Star blocks and 30 are quarter square triangle blocks. And if that still sounds overwhelming, break it down some more, and keep breaking down each step until you get to a level that feels comfortable to you. Maybe even cut and piece one Ohio Star block, just to get a feel for your fabric choice and the piecing.
Now for the cutting, some folks start a project by cutting all the fabric at once, as Nicole blogged about yesterday. She even sorted her fabric and put the different pieces in marked bags! Very Clever Nicole!! It's not very often that I even look at the cutting requirements for a pattern. I'm a cut as I go type of girl. Especially when I'm not sure of my fabric choices. There's nothing worse than cutting out an entire project only to start and realize you don't like your fabric or the pattern. I have some lovely poppy fabric that is all cut out for a pattern I changed my mind on, Im still looking for the perfect pattern that will somehow use the pieces that I've cut.
So don't be scared, just get started! And if you make a mistake, we won't know unless you tell us!!
I've got some exciting news, Kimberly from the the Fat Quarter Shop is donating a $50 gift certificate to our sew along.
We'll have a drawing from the finished quilts to determine the winner.
Thanks again Kimberly.
I'm still sorting out our participant list, drop me a note or leave a comment if there is an error. I'm not intentionally leaving anyone off, don't be shy about telling me I've made a mistake! AND it's not too late to join us!
I should have the participant list nailed down this week and will create a list for a column on my blog.
In the meantime, Nicole and Paula have blogged about the sew along, and Sherri has a giveaway going on at her blog today.
Eventide Sew Along List
A very impressive group and great mix of bloggers and non bloggers, I'll do the blogging for the folks without blogs.
Next week I hope to be able to share the fabric choices of all the participants.
Now for the fun part of this sew along, the giveaways, I drew a name from the participants and
Leona, you've won this!
A charm pack of Pom Pom de Paris by French General.
If you would also like to win a Pom Pom Charm pack, leave a comment about how you attack a new project or how you cut out a new project, are you a cut it all out at once quilter or a cut as you go quilter? You have until midnight CST, tomorrow night, February 16th to be eligible.
Thanks for stopping by, I've finished my first block for my needle turn applique project, look for that post later this week!